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Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery (Italian: Galleria degli Uffizi) is an art museum located in the historic centre of Florence, Italy. It is one of the most visited museums in Italy and hosts important masterpieces of the Italian Reinassance. The various halls of the museum are in chronological order and the structure of the museum makes it very easy to explore without getting lost. The most famous part of the museum is dedicated to the Italian Renaissance period and includes works of art by outstanding artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael or Titian. The Uffizi Gallery is one the oldest museum in Europe.

If you book your tickets for the Uffizi Gallery online, you can pick them up at the ticket office on the day of your visit. You should make sure to allow 15 minutes to collect them, and you should take that into account so that you will not be late for your timeslot. The best time for your visit to the Uffizi Gallery is early in the morning around 9 am or before closing time. In the afternoon the best times to go is between 4:30 pm – 5 pm, since you will still have over an hour to see the various exhibitions.  Especially in saummer we suggest you to make your visit in the morning because it is not excessively hot and the museum is less crowded. The heat in Florence makes everything more tiring.

When planning your trip to Florence you will have to take into account that the day you visit the Uffizi Gallery you will be able to do little else as the museum is very large. A sufficient period of time for a complete visit could be half a day, or for the most passionate, even the whole day. Deciding what to see in advance and creating a route to follow is a good way to get the most out of your visit.  It is advisable to visit during the week as the busiest days are the weekend and Tuesday, which is the day after closing.

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What is the Uffizi Gallery?

With paintings such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, or the Adoration of the Kings by Da Vinci,or  this gallery is the most visited place in Florence. Divided into various rooms set up for schools and styles in chronological order, the exhibition shows works from the 12th to the 18th century, with the best collection in the world of works from the Florentine Renaissance. Of great value are also the collection of ancient statuary and above all that of drawings and prints which, kept in the Cabinet of the same name, is one of the most conspicuous and important in the world.

Why is the Uffizi Gallery so called?

The building of the Uffizi complex was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’ Medici so as to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name uffizi, “offices”. The construction was later continued by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti; it was completed in 1581. The top floor was made into a gallery for the family and their guests and included their collection of Roman sculptures.

What to see at Galleria degli Uffizi?

One of the most famous works on display is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, an iconic representation of the Renaissance era, with its emphasis on beauty, harmony, and grace. Another notable work is The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, a painting that depicts the moment when the angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she will give birth to Jesus. It is a stunning example of Leonardo’s mastery of light and shadow.

The Doni Tondo by Michelangelo is another masterpiece not to be missed. This circular painting, also known as The Holy Family, is one of Michelangelo’s few surviving works of art. It depicts the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus and is notable for its use of vibrant colors and complex composition.

When at the Galleria degli Uffizi, don’t miss the the Medici Gallery, featuring portraits of the powerful Medici family, who were major patrons of the arts during the Renaissance. The gallery also houses a number of other notable works, including Caravaggio’s Bacchus and Titian’s Venus of Urbino.

Finally, visitors should not miss the Tribune, a stunning octagonal room that houses some of the museum’s most valuable and iconic works of art. Here, visitors can see ancient Roman and Greek sculptures, precious objects such as the Medici Venus and the Wounded Niobid, and other priceless works of art.

The Birth of Venus by Bottielli

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is one of the most iconic and recognizable works of art in the world. Painted in the 15th century, this masterpiece depicts the birth of the goddess Venus from the sea foam, as described in ancient mythology.

The painting is a true representation of the Renaissance era, with its focus on beauty, grace, and harmony. It is known for its vivid colors, delicate lines, and intricate details. The use of light and shadow creates a sense of depth and movement, bringing the figures to life.

The David by Michelangelo

Sculpture of the David by Michelangelo, Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The David by Michelangelo is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. Created in the early 16th century, this masterpiece depicts the biblical hero David, who is known for defeating the giant Goliath with a single stone.

The sculpture stands at an impressive 17 feet tall and is carved entirely from a single block of marble. Michelangelo’s attention to detail is evident in every inch of the sculpture, from the veins in David’s arms to the curls in his hair. The sense of motion and power captured in David’s stance is truly awe-inspiring.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the Uffizi Gallery.

Location

It is located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence, The address is: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6.

Opening hours

To visit the Uffizi Gallery the times are as follows:

  • All week: 8:15 am until 18:30 pm.
    Closed: On Mondays, 1 May, 25 December and 1 January.

How to get to the Uffizi Gallery

To reach the Uffizi Gallery:

Buses: lines 23 and C1.

Attractions nearby

  • Museo Galileo (92 m)
  • Palazzo Vecchio (98 m)
  • Piazza della Signoria (124 m)
  • Ponte Vecchio (209 m)
  • Museo Nazionale del Bargello (288 m)